Air Quality insights along Agis Emmanouil’s incredible 2421KM Climate Run

Agis Emmanouil is performing the incredible 2421km Climate Run from Athens to Glasgow in order to raise awareness on the climate crisis. Is there a better and most sustainable way than bringing the message on foot, for 2421 Km? Yet, Agis is running on roads that pass from some of the most polluted areas ofContinue reading “Air Quality insights along Agis Emmanouil’s incredible 2421KM Climate Run”

Daily Air Quality measurements along Agis Emmanouil’s 2421km Athens-Glasgow Climate Run. Part 2: ITALY

After a break of a couple of days needed for the transfer from Greece to Italy, Agis Emmanouil’s second part of the 2421ClimateRun started in Venice on August 19th. He ran all the way through the wide Padana Plain from Venezia to Torino, from where he then began going uphill towards Bardonecchia, the last villageContinue reading “Daily Air Quality measurements along Agis Emmanouil’s 2421km Athens-Glasgow Climate Run. Part 2: ITALY”

Interview to Prof D. Sarigiannis about the dangers of Air Pollution, especially from wood smoke, and about its alarming increase in Greece

The huge raise in the electricity (50%), natural gas (82%) and heating oil (30%) costs starting this month is big news in Greece these days. How will Greek citizens be able to afford these extra costs, when these commodities are already among the most expensive in the EU? They simply won’t, and they will turnContinue reading “Interview to Prof D. Sarigiannis about the dangers of Air Pollution, especially from wood smoke, and about its alarming increase in Greece”

Over 50% of the cars in Greece are old (and big polluters), and a staggering 20% of them circulates free without MOT certification!

Today I brought my car to take a MOT (Maintenance of Traffic) certificate. Greek law requires all vehicles to take a MOT certificate every two years from the moment your vehicle gets 4 years old. Needless to say, the car was in perfect condition since I always service it properly and take good care ofContinue reading “Over 50% of the cars in Greece are old (and big polluters), and a staggering 20% of them circulates free without MOT certification!”

Daily Air Quality measurements along Agis Emmanouil’s 2421km Athens-Glasgow Climate Run. Part 1: GREECE

GREECE: Day 1-Day 5, Athens-Patras, 216,9km, 35:19 hours The first part of Agis Emmanouil’s adventure from Athens to Glasgow has come to an end. Agis started in Athens on August 11th and arrived in Patras on the 15th. See my previous post for a description of this unique endeavour and the reasons for it. AgisContinue reading “Daily Air Quality measurements along Agis Emmanouil’s 2421km Athens-Glasgow Climate Run. Part 1: GREECE”

How can you turn Air Quality data into Art? ARIA – An Audio-visual performance with music composed using Air Quality data taken from AQ Monitors in Greece

On the 27th of June 2021 I had the honour to present the Audio-visual performance “ARIA” – (Air in Italian) – at the Borderline Festival of the Stegi Onassis Cultural Foundation in Athens, along with the Video artist Erato Tzavara and the musician Coti K. How can you make Art from raw Air Quality data?Continue reading “How can you turn Air Quality data into Art? ARIA – An Audio-visual performance with music composed using Air Quality data taken from AQ Monitors in Greece”

Glorious Mt. Taygetos’ Air!

Since I started measuring daily the Air Quality around me about one year ago, this weekend was the very first time that the AtmoTube portable AQ monitor that I carry with me all the time showed me a 100% clean air. This was on the summit area of Mt. Taygetos, a wonderful 2404m tall mountainContinue reading “Glorious Mt. Taygetos’ Air!”

Wood Smoke is chocking our kids’ lungs, night after night, but nobody seems to care

So, this is the “normal” of our Greek evenings in winter. It’s happening allover the country, day after day, night after night. Really nothing to do with our Greek summer nights, which everybody envy us for… Kids gathering on our squares filled with wood smoke. Lots of it, tons of it, but no one seemsContinue reading “Wood Smoke is chocking our kids’ lungs, night after night, but nobody seems to care”

Gas heater vs. wood stoves – a practical consideration of why gas should be favored over wood and oil in our cities

We just got our first bill from the gas company. We didn’t have gas last year, and we had to warm up the house with electric heaters (2000W each, one per room – and the house was never really warm). It turns out that our bill is around 28 Euro per month now. We haveContinue reading “Gas heater vs. wood stoves – a practical consideration of why gas should be favored over wood and oil in our cities”

Air Pollution in a city can vary greatly in a short distance. This video clearly shows it!

While riding my bike back home after bringing my little daughter to school along the Acropolis walkway “Dionisios Aeropagitou” yesterday morning, I came across an Air Pollution phenomenon that was so clear that I had to make a video of it. So I rushed home to get the camera and went back to document it.Continue reading “Air Pollution in a city can vary greatly in a short distance. This video clearly shows it!”